THE LEAP MOTION TECHNOLOGY AND THE LEAP MOTION CONTROLLER

Have you ever wished to control your computer with your own hands? Have you ever dragged the mouse of the mouse pad? Well it happens even to the best of us. But hey there, you don’t have to wish again, it is here and it works perfectly and most of all, it is affordable (at least of this kind of technology).
Leap Motion, INS is an American company that manufactures and markets a computer hardware sensor device that supports hand and finger motion as input, analogous to a mouse, but does not requiring physical contact. The company was founded in 2010 by Michael Buckwald and David Holz at California, United State.


The technology of leap motion was first discovered in 2008 by the co- founder David Holz before founding the company with his child hood friend Michael Buckwald. Now let’s go to the interesting part of it all “the leap motion controller and the technology behind the leap motion”.




All about the Leap Motion Controller Technology

A 3D app for Leap Motion used on Mac
The Leap Motion controller is a small USB peripheral device which is designed to be placed on a physical desktop, facing upward. Using two monochromatic IR cameras and three infrared LEDs, the device observes a roughly hemispherical area, to a distance of about 1 meter (3.28084 feet).
 
The LEDs generate a 3D pattern of dots of IR light and the cameras generate almost 300 frames per second of reflected data, which is then sent through a USB cable to the host computer, where it is analyzed by the Leap Motion controller software using "complex maths" in a way that has not been disclosed by the company, in some way synthesizing 3D position data by comparing the 2D frames generated by the two cameras.

The smaller observation area and higher resolution of the device differentiates the product from the Kinect, which is more suitable for whole- body tracking in a space the size of a living room. In a demonstration to CNET, The Leap was shown to perform tasks such as navigating a website, using pinch-to-zoom gestures on maps, high-precision drawing, and manipulating complex 3D data visualizations. Leap Motion CEO Michael Buckwald told CNET: Leap Motion initially distributed thousands of units to developers who are interested in creating applications for the device. The Leap Motion controller was first shipped in July, 2013.

Leap motion has an app store called Airspace where it sells apps made by developers in November 2013. These apps are highly compatible with the new technology in 3D form.
To me I think it is awesome to have one and believe me I am planning to get one soon it cost about 80 USD, I don’t know about you.
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